Urban Rustic: Tips & Ideas to Create this Exciting Look in Your Home

May 27, 2016 by Leanne

One of the hottest trends to recently emerge in home décor is urban rustic. It’s a look that’s built on contrast – traditional mixed with modern, rugged blended with elegant and texture against smoothness. While many of us may feel our homes don’t have the lofty look that we often associate with urban rustic, fear not! It’s very accessible – just a few touches will help your home radiate the comfort and casualness of this décor style. Here are a few easy ideas:

Aurora Collection

Aurora Collection

Keep It Natural. A huge element of urban rustic is bringing the outside into your home by creating a feeling of expansiveness. Natural wood beams on the ceiling and distressed wood floors… brick walls that look weather worn… large windows with little ornamentation… everything should feel open and relaxed.

Add Furniture Pieces. Keep your primary furniture pieces transitional or contemporary, adding smaller elements in urban rustic – tables and chairs, accent tables, lamps, a wall hanging. Remember, it’s all about contrast. A sleek modern sofa is perfect with a rough, distressed urban rustic cocktail table, for example. Or a live-edge dining table with more contemporary chairs can be stunning.

Largo Rustic Collectibles Collection

Largo Rustic Collectibles Collection

Let Texture Be the Star. Urban rustic is not about bright splashes of colour or even soft pastels; it’s decidedly neutral. Greys, beiges, black, browns and taupe are the palette; metals are typically without sheen. What stands out in this style is texture, lots and lots of it. Brick, distressed wood, nubby fabrics, sisal rugs – and once again, contrast is key. Within a piece of furniture, look for smooth metal legs paired with worn wood or an industrial base on a lamp with an elegant shade.

Largo Industrial Age Collection

Largo Industrial Age Collection

Include Vintage to Soften the Look. If you worry urban rustic may be too harsh for your space, keep in mind that true vintage items will add softness. Integrate a beautiful turn of the century armoire or a cushy wingback chair or an Impressionist style painting with soft colours. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing with urban rustic – a small touch of antique is welcome.

Choose Accessories Wisely. Accessories can make or break the urban rustic look, so give them lots of attention. The details do make the difference. For example, choose vintage table fans, sculpture made of stone or metal, plain white dishware and cushions and bed linens with minimal pattern. Simplicity reigns and larger statement items are on theme rather than small fussy pieces.

Largo Tripod Accent Table

Largo Tripod Accent Table

Did We Already Mention Contrast? Have the word contrast front and centre in your mind as you decorate in urban rustic. One of the best ways to juxtaposition hard and soft is with fabric. Remember, stay within neutrals. Now, imagine a perfect white duvet with abundant pillows against a large headboard made of distressed wood. Or consider panels of ivory lace curtain on a rod made of tubing reclaimed from a long-ago foundry. You get the idea!

Urban rustic is a fun and inviting style. And remember, it’s far easier to achieve than you may think.  Mix old and new, think industrial, keep it simple and you’re on your way.

How to Make Your Living Space Summer Ready – Inside or Out

May 20, 2016 by Leanne

As the weather heats up, we spend more time on our patios enjoying nature – and the time spent inside we want to welcome the season into our homes. So how do we achieve that? How can our indoor living space and outdoor space become one cohesive area that’s inviting, colourful and comfortable – an oasis for summer living? Read on!

Janet Collection

Janet Collection available at Stoney Creek Furniture

Tips to Add Colour and Natural Influences Inside Your Home

  1. Plants. Beautiful flowers are an easy way to brighten any home, inside and out. A favourite trick to blend your garden and living areas is to use the same colour scheme. If you choose garden petunias in purple and white, display purple and white African violets in your living room. HINT: The same is true of upholstery/cushion patterns – match your palettes inside to outside!
  2. Ceilings. Often overlooked, the ceiling is a canvas waiting for colour. Paint it pastel blue or pink or even pale stripes of colour. Try wallpapering with a classic pattern. The effect is stunning.
  3. Metallics and Coloured Glass. Pick up a few glowing accessories in pewter, bronze, gold or brass and combine them eclectically. Coloured glass also reflects sunlight beautifully, creating instant summer appeal. Assemble a grouping of bright colours like purple, aqua, lime or orange – there are vases, bottles, dishes and more to choose from.
  4. Drapery. While everyone else is hanging their white lace and sheers, go for colour. Keep the fabric lightweight, but opt for a cheerful floral, stripe or polka dot.
  5. Furniture. You simply can’t go wrong with a single spectacular piece of bright furniture to brighten up a space. It can be as big as a sofa or as small as a pouf. A hall table, breakfast nook stools, ottoman, armoire or accent chair all make great ideas for colour-infused furniture. One bright piece is often enough, blended with your woods/neutrals.

Tips to Add Comfort and Hominess to Your Outdoor Living Space

Image credit: The Garden Glove | Outdoor Room Ideas

Image credit: The Garden Glove | Outdoor Room Ideas

  1. Throws. Comfy cushions on outdoor furniture are a given, but what about a throw? Not only will it chase away a chilly breeze, it adds colour and texture. Consider a nubby blanket with bright stripes.
  2. Neutrals. Sometimes nature provides all the colour your space needs and the best patio furniture and accessories are neutral, letting the glorious outdoors take centre stage. Black, white and weather worn greys are perfect. HINT: Choose neutral planters too – grey stone, black concrete or terra cotta – and let your flowers be the focal point.
  3. Wall Hangings. A great way to create a room-like space outside is to hang a picture, maybe even right on your house. It will need to be stone or treated metal to survive the elements, ideally it should be sheltered. HINT: A mirror or giant decorative clock will look incredible.
  4. Bar. Build an outdoor bar complete with funky barstools (how about metal painted bright blue?) It’s a great, cozy gathering place.
  5. Lights. If your patio is covered, add sturdy (to weather storms) lamps for a feeling of home comfort. If you’d rather something more natural, add lots and lots of candles. There are many battery-operated options available now or keep a box full of tea light candle holders at easy reach when night falls.

Relax and enjoy the beauty of the season, whether you’re inside or outside